Annual Meeting – Day Two – October 10, 2015
Summary Schedule of Events
7:00 – 8:00 a.m. Breakfast
8:00 – 11:45 a.m. General Session
8:15 – 9:45 a.m. John Foley – Drive the Ball:
Sustaining Excellence & Leading Through Change
10:15 – 11:45 a.m. Robert Kriegel – Innovation and Out of the Box Thinking
12:15 – 1:30 p.m. Networking Lunch
Optional tours and activities
6:30- 11:30 p.m. Reception, Awards Dinner and Entertainment
This morning’s session opens with John Foley, a business coach and expert in helping companies achieve what he refers to as High Performance. When John was a small child he remembers standing mesmerized alongside his father at an air show watching the Blue Angels perform. At that moment he knew that the sky was his calling and that one day children would be watching him from thousands of feet below, as he flew in the cockpit of a Blue Angel F/A-18 Hornet.
John was able to achieve his dream of becoming a Blue Angle pilot however getting there wasn’t easy. He explains, “My journey from an awestruck child at an air show to the cockpit of a Blue Angels’ aircraft is a study in persistence, hard work and the will to overcome obstacles and setbacks.” According to John, these ideals fit within three overriding traits that mark his presentations. “First, a contagious attitude of thankfulness that I call Glad to be Here®. Second, an energizing delivery that inspires High Performance and service. And third, a practical model for living out my message that works in other organizations as well as it works for the Blue Angels.”
The model and the message are byproducts of John’s ongoing pursuit of continuous improvement. As a Blue Angel, he was part of a team that consistently performed in intense, high-stakes environments. With thousands of hours as a carrier pilot and hundreds of hours as an instructor pilot, John was an elite aviator when he joined the Blues. However to perform with this team – flying at speeds of more than 500 miles per hour and in formations as close as 18 inches apart – he had to improve his performance by 300 percent.
John’s post-Navy experiences as a Sloan Fellow at the Stanford Graduate School of Business and as an entrepreneur put him in a unique position to reverse-engineer the culture of team excellence found in the Blue Angels and create a model that helps others on their journeys toward High Performance. He states, “What I learned most from being with the Blue Angels had nothing to do with flying itself. I learned that the process of engaging at this high level, when my very life depended on successful communication, accurate information, trust and follow-through, is the same process leaders and successful individuals use to achieve excellence.”
The morning’s second session will feature Dr. Bob Kriegel, one of the most in demand business speakers today, who teaches bold, innovative out-of-the-box strategies for keeping ahead of the changes, challenges and competition in today’s dynamic marketplace.
A frequent commentator on National Public Radio’s Marketplace program, Bob has done two specials for PBS. U.S. News & World Report called him one of the country’s leading authorities in the field of change and human performance. He has taught at Stanford University’s Executive Management Program and is a former advertising executive for Young and Rubicam.
According to Bob, everything about the market is changing. People are constantly changing, the way they communicate is constantly changing and the way they do business is constantly changing. He states, “You can’t play by the old rules. In my research, one of the things that I found is that the people and companies that win continue to win even in the most changing and challenging times. It’s not that they respond quickly to change; it’s that they create change. They are the ones out in front of the wave instead of trying to catch the wave. This is how Change-Ready® thinking is like surfing.
Change-ready thinking means that you have to challenge all of the old ways of thinking. Where are the sacred cows in your organization? By sacred cows, I mean the ways you have always done things. My rule is if you’ve been doing something the same way for more than one year, you’ve got a sacred cow. These things slow companies down. They cost companies money and prevent innovation. The old saying is ‘If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.’ That doesn’t work any longer because if it isn’t broken and you don’t ‘fix’ it, pretty soon you’re going to be broke.”
Bob will teach us how to develop and lead Change-Ready people and organizations. We will learn how to round up sacred cows that inhibit change and new opportunities as well as how to develop strategies for gaining the competitive edge by leading customers, rethinking the rules, redefining roles and reinventing the game.